North Carolina

In 1935, North Carolina established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Jaki Shelton Green. Green is the author of several books of poetry, including I Want to Undie You (Jacar Press, 2017).

upcoming events

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May 16 2019
Benjamin Bards: A Poetry Workshop

Join us once a month for a free discussion based workshop for poets of all skill levels from teens to adults. Learn about forms and techniques, read and study published authors, and bring and share your own works for constructive criticism. Each month will focus on different topics or give you a chance to work on revisions. To register call 336-373-7540.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
1530 Benjamin Parkway
27408 Greensboro, North Carolina
Apr 18 2019
Benjamin Bards: A Poetry Workshop

Join us once a month for a free discussion based workshop for poets of all skill levels from teens to adults. Learn about forms and techniques, read and study published authors, and bring and share your own works for constructive criticism. Each month will focus on different topics or give you a chance to work on revisions. To register call 336-373-7540.

7:00pm to 8:30pm
1530 Benjamin Parkway
27408 Greensboro, North Carolina
Apr 06 2019
Transformation through the Power of Expression

An experimental, interactive, Benjamin Bards Workshop facilitated by poet Sage Chioma blends storytelling, poetry, prose, and music with cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and reflective listening to re-frame core issues while building support. The workshop provides an atmosphere of relaxation, empathy, and self-healing. To register call 336-373-7540.

2:30pm to 5:30pm
1530 Benjamin Parkway
27408 Greensboro, North Carolina

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poems

poem

 

          for Carl & Lillian Sandburg’s Connemara, Flat Rock, NC

 

As a child I was taken
to visit Connemara
as I remember
a little display of concrete poems
in the shapes of shoes
next to a typewriter
on an orange crate
let me know
I was

poem
There was no water at my grandfather's
when I was a kid and would go for it
with two zinc buckets. Down the path,
past the cow by the foundation where
the fine people's house was before
they arranged to have it burned down.
To the neighbor's cool well. Would
come back with pails too heavy,
so my mouth pulled out
poem
Fuss, fight, and cutting the huckley-buck—Dear Malindy, 
Underground, must I always return to the country of the dead,

To the coons catting about in the trees, the North Carolina pines 
Chattering about sweetening bodies in their green whirring?

Do these letters predict my death—